Scholarships and Bursaries

11+ Scholarships

Academic, Music and Sports Scholarships are available for pupils entering S1 (Y7) of the Senior School in September 2020. The maximum total fee remission from one or more scholarships is 25%. Awards for individual scholarships are typically in the range of 5-15% of fees.

The scholarship examinations and assessments are designed to be equally appropriate for pupils in both maintained and independent schools and are open to pupils already at Birkdale and to those currently at school elsewhere.

Entering your son for scholarship assessment presumes a firm intention to accept an award if one is offered. Candidates are welcome to apply for any of the available scholarships for which they are eligible.

If an award is made, it will be tenable from when a pupil joins the school in September 2020 and will be held until the end of S5 (Y11) provided that in the opinion of the Head Master, in consultation with the Director of Music and the Director of Sport as appropriate, satisfactory progress is maintained and the conditions of an award are adhered to. Should a pupil leave the school before this, but subsequently return, the award will no longer apply. During their S5 (Y11) year, pupils will be invited to apply for a range of 16+ Scholarships for entry to the Sixth Form.

 

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are available for pupils entering S1 (Y7) of the Senior School in September 2020. An academic Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees.

Consideration for an Academic Scholarship is by invitation following the 11+ Entrance Test.

Parents of candidates who reach an appropriately high standard in the 11+ Entrance Test (typically the top 12-15 boys) will be contacted by telephone (followed up by letter) on Wednesday 29 January. The 11+ Academic Scholarship Examination will take place on Thursday 6 February 2020 and will consist of further assessment in:

English Candidates will sit a written paper designed to be more challenging than the 11+ English paper.

Mathematics Candidates will participate in a lesson covering more advanced mathematical topics and will then be assessed on their performance in tasks they will be asked to complete.

The outcome of the Academic Scholarship Examination will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will also be confirmed.

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are available for pupils entering S1 (Y7) of the Senior School in September 2020. A Music Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees and free weekly tuition in one instrument in school. The award of an Exhibition entitles the pupil to free weekly tuition in one instrument in school.

Candidates should typically be of good Grade III standard in their chosen instrument or voice. Another indication would be demonstrable commitment to singing in a choir for at least two or three years. All candidates should be able to show general musicianship commensurate with their technical skill. These are not the only indicators of a good candidate so if you are unsure, please contact the Director of Music, Mr Jordan, to discuss whether or not your son may be eligible.

The successful candidates will be required to satisfy the general standards of admission to Birkdale School in the 11+ Entrance Test, and to enter fully into the musical life of the school.

The 2020 entry 11+ Music Scholarship Application Form and further details 11+ Music Scholarship Information can be downloaded here. If your son is applying for a Music Scholarship, this should be indicated in section 4 on the Registration Form. Both forms should be submitted by Friday 6 December 2019. The assessment will take place on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

The outcome of the Music Scholarship assessment will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also made to all those who have met the academic standard for entry.

Sports Scholarships

Sports Scholarships are available for pupils entering S1 (Y7) in September 2020. A Sports Scholarship comprises a level of fee remission, typically in the range of 5-15% of fees. Candidates who excel in one or more of our main school sports are invited to apply. Candidates are required to submit an application form detailing their sporting interests and achievements and, if possible, a short video of their sporting performance. Candidates will then be invited to attend a practical assessment day.

Successful candidates should have the potential to play at regional level or above and will have regularly represented their club or school ‘A’ team in their chosen sport. The main sports of the school are; Rugby Union, Football, Cricket and Hockey. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution to school sport and a commitment to training and fixtures during the week and on Saturdays.

If you are unsure whether your son might be eligible to apply, please contact Mr Depledge, Director of Sport. Successful candidates will be required to enter fully into the sporting life of the school.

The 2020 entry 11+ Sports Scholarship application form can be downloaded here. If your son is applying for a Sports Scholarship, this should be indicated in section 4 on the Registration Form. Both forms should be submitted by Friday 6 December 2019. The assessment will take place on Friday 24 January 2020.

The outcome of the Sports Scholarship assessment will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also made to all those who have met the academic standard for entry.

 

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